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RED Suing Nikon over Video Compression Patent with Z9 2.0 Update

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RED.com LLC sues Nikon for stating that Nikon is their infringement Video compression patent Recently introduced by Nikon 2.0 firmware update For Z9 cameras. With the 2.0 update, the Z9 can capture up to 8.3K RAW video at up to 60 frames per second or up to 4.1K ProRes RAW HQ at 60 frames per second in Nikon’s new N-RAW format.


The proceedings state some allegations regarding the use of the REDs patent. The following are the main concerns:

29. RED is informed and believes that Nikon manufactures, uses, imports, offers to sell, and / or sells Nikon brand cameras that infringe each alleged patent in the United States and in this judiciary. Claims to be doing.

30. RED has been notified and believes that Nikon’s infringing video cameras (“Defendant’s products”) include “Z-series mirrorless cameras” such as the “Nikon Z9 with firmware 2.0”. I am.

This is the proceeding in which it was filed.


Z9 uses a highly efficient RAW codec for still images from intoPIX. intoPIX also creates a video version of this same RAW codec called TicoRAW. One of the available options is IPX-TicoRAW-8K (up to 8192 pixels wide). It is available at 12 bit and up to 60 fps. This is what Nikon uses on the Z9 with 2.0 firmware.

Here’s what intoPIX officially announced last December:
The new Z9 camera offers high-efficiency RAW recording up to 8K and 60fps (available with the 2022 firmware update), with very low power processing and very fast transfer speeds while retaining all the benefits of the RAW format. I guarantee.

TicoRAW maintains the complete quality of captured sensor data and reduces bandwidth and storage needs. It can be used for both still images and RAW videos. This patented technology provides high image quality and the ability to manage workflows with very high resolution, high frame rates, and high dynamic range. TicoRAW is the world’s first RAW codec that can provide compression efficiency with such low complexity. It also has the advantage of retaining this very fast format for editing, regardless of the resolution or frame rate used.

It doesn’t look like RED is chasing intoPIX, but it seems that Z9 is recording internal RAW in a scheme similar to RED’s patent. intoPIXsTicoRAW is also patented.

Filing seeks damages and / or royalties for alleged infringement and injunctions prohibiting further infringement by Nikon. Plaintiffs are also seeking attorney fees arbitrage. Nikon can either fight it in a costly court battle or remove new features from the Z9 2.0 firmware update. One issue is that updates are available from April 20, 2022 and the removal process is virtually impossible.

here we go again

This isn’t the first time RED has sued to protect its in-house RAW recording patents, and has forced companies to pull RAW products out of cameras that said it would include in-house video RAW captures. The latest I remember is DJI with Kinfinity and Ronin 4D. This is a bit more complicated as the 2.0 update has been released and is already installed on the user’s camera.

The RED patent entitled “Video Camera” will expire on 11/04/2028.